PALM BEACH (CBSMiami) – Real estate mogul Donald Trump, who dropped out of the GOP presidential race months before the first primary, now said he may reluctantly be forced to run as a third party candidate, a decision revealed Sunday on a special Miami broadcast of the CBS News program Face The Nation.
In an interview conducted Saturday night at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach with Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer, Trump blasted Republican infighting, saying was hurting the party’s chances to beat President Obama in 2012.
“I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s Republican against Republican, and yet the level of hatred, I guess you could say, I mean, there’s no other word for it, is unbelievable,” he told Schieffer. “The question is, are they hurting themselves? Are they hurting the party? Are they hurting the Republicans, and are they hurting their chances of winning an election against Barack Obama? And probably the answer is yes.”
While Trump said he thinks Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are both candidates who could beat President Obama, his concern about the infighting has him thinking how he might try to change the game if the GOP candidates weaken.
“I don’t see a person that, number one, is going to win,” he said, he may be forced to mount his own campaign.”I think people dislike the Republicans and the Democrats more than they ever have,” he added. “So I actually think the right Independent could win, and there was a poll about a month ago, you saw it, where I was the number one Independent choice.”
Trump cannot run for a major party because of the reality show he hosts.
“It’s a very sad situation what’s happening to the country and I do say that and I say many other things and somehow it resonates with a lot of people and that’s why they, you know, would like me to run,” Trump continued. “I hope I don’t have to, but I may absolutely.”